Indonesia Elected to Non-Permanent of UN Security Council
TIMESHONGKONG, NEW YORK – Indonesia officially becomes a non-permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council (DK) marked by the installation of the Red and White flag by Indonesian Ambassador to the UN, Dian Triansyah Djani at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday ( 02/01/2019).
The election of Indonesia is mentioned as a form of international community trust in Indonesia's diplomacy capabilities.
Indonesia will assume the role of a permanent member of the UN Security Council for two years, starting January 1, 2019 until December 31, 2020.
"The magnitude of this support is a form of international community trust in Indonesia's track record of diplomacy and foreign policy that are important in maintaining world peace," said Dian after plugged in the red and white flag.
There are four other countries that also become non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely South Africa, Belgium, the Dominican Republic and Germany.
Actually being a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council isn't new for Indonesia. Previously Indonesia had also held this position in the period of 1973-1974, 1995-1996, and 2007-2008.
At the time of the election of the Security Council members by all UN member countries in June 2018, Indonesia got support from 144 votes from 193 UN states member.
As a member of the UN Security Council, Indonesia will be part of "the policy formulation process to maintain international peace and security in accordance with the mandate of the UN Charter".
The Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi in June 2018 revealed that there were four focuses of Indonesia as the UN non - permanent member of the UN Security Council namely strengthening the ecosystem of global peace and stability by increasing the capacity of UN peacekeepers, including the role of women.
Retno said that it would increase the cohesiveness between organizations in the region and the United Nations, encourage a global-comprehensive approach to fight terrorism and radicalism, and encourage sustainable development.
Retno Marsudi at that time also emphasized that the Palestinian issue would remain a concern of Indonesia, as long as becoming non - permanent member of the UN Security Council.
To implement several of Indonesian's roles, since January 1, 2019, Indonesian Ambassador to the UN has also been given responsibility as Chair of the UN Security Council 1540 Resolution Committee on weapons of mass destruction and Sanctions Committee related to terrorism such as Resolution Sanctions Committee of UN Security Council 1267.
In addition, Indonesia will also chair the Resolution Sanctions Committee 1988. Indonesia will also be the Deputy Chair of the Sanctions Committee for South Sudan and the Sanctions Committee on Iraq.
The UN Security Council discussed policies to safeguard international peace and security in accordance with the mandate of the UN Charter.
Based on the UN website, www.un.org, Indonesia will also hold the position of President of the UN Security Council in May 2019.
"The position of the Security Council president is held by each member alternately, for one month, in the order based on the alphabetical name of the country," the written statement on the site.
In addition to have non-permanent members such as Indonesia, the Security Council also has five permanent members and 10 elected members of the assembly for a two-years term namely the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and 10 elected members of the assembly for a two- years term. (*)